It is nearing two years since Universal Parks and Resorts announced that it would be teaming up with Nintendo to build a theme park based on some of gaming’s best known characters and stories. First revealed in May 2015, it came at a time when the new consoles at the time weren’t doing too well in terms of sales and Amiibos were some of the best selling Nintendo products. Now, with the success of numerous Pokémon games throughout the year and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild eagerly anticipated, it seems like the perfect time to get people excited about visiting a real life Nintendo adventure. (more…)
For the past twenty years, the Pokémon franchise has been one of the most consistently popular series in all of gaming. Though it easily could’ve been what killed the series, the familiarity of narrative and structure from generation to generation has become a key part of the games and fans have come to expect certain things from ecah new game. The evil team bent on dominating the world of Pokémon in one way or another, the series of Gym Leaders and other accomplished trainers you must defeat to earn your status as a Pokémon Master and the rival that challenges you every step of the way all make the Pokémon games the beloved series they are. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, Nintendo unveiled the future, or at the very least the future of its console gaming. Nintendo Switch hits store shelves sometime in the new year, which means that the end is nigh for the Wii U, and it likely can’t come soon enough for the gaming company. Sales for Wii U, as compared to the sales for the original Wii, have been downright tepid. To borrow a line from a certain politician, it’s a disaster. So it’s understandable then, for all those reasons, why reports are saying that Nintendo will wrap production on Wii U at the end of the week. (more…)
One of the most eagerly anticipated Pokémon games in a generation, Pokémon Sun and Moon looks set to become an all new experience of the series. Complete with a new way of earning your status as a Pokémon Master and throwbacks to not just the beloved early narrative games but also such niche nostalgic treats as Pokémon Snap, it has fans from all ages, backgrounds and demographics talking about what to expect. Giving us plenty to chew over in the last few weeks before the game comes out in November, Nintendo has released another trailer that reveals not just the new Pokémon we might meet but some old faces too. (more…)
With the explosion of augmented reality game Pokémon Go earlier this year, the latest installments in the ongoing Pokémon narrative series, Sun and Moon, have become some of the franchise’s most eagerly awaited games. And that is saying something, because those games have not gone out of fashion in twenty years. Though it is expected to fit roughly the same plot that most of the other games have, there is a lot that makes it stand out from its predecessors. Showing off a little of what they have up their sleeves, Nintendo released a short free demo on the eStore earlier today. (more…)
Over 40,000 people gathered to celebrate the end of the Olympic Summer Games, in Rio, as athletes and fans came together. This extravagent affair is held at the end of every Olympics to thank that year’s host city and make way for the next in line. So, with Japan set to host the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, the country wanted to give an all-out homage of epic proportions. To do that, they needed a 1-UP from Mario. Check out the video below, while you still got the chance!
While pretty much all the games in the main Pokémon series have retained an almost unrivalled level in popularity – note the barely lowered prices of any of them in second hand shops – the franchise has been rocketed back into the public sphere by the recent release of Niantic‘s augmented reality game Pokémon Go. Its sheer popularity has caused the servers to be under almost constant pressure, been incorporated in an MMA taunt and even inspired a range of sex toys. It has rebooted the idea of a live action Pokémon movie – not a new idea, but one that has been debated for a long time. (more…)
As this country continues to grow Pokémon Go crazy, movie studios are taking notice. After all, the app has grown in such popularity that it’s overtaking pretty much any other application used to connect to the internet. Pokémon Go has more users that even twitter. There are more people using the mobile app than access other more popular internet items currently. People are literally falling off of cliffs to play this game. So it’s no surprise that Hollywood wants in on the action.
Nintendo seems to be in the news a lot these days, between Pokémon GO becoming the massive hit it is, filmmakers looking to make a Pokémon movie, and Pokémon Sun and Moon set to release later this year… well, it all seems to be Pokémon, huh? Well, Nintendo is looking to take you to a time before Pokécraze hit the U.S., when the lords of gaming were names like Mario, Pac-Man, and Zelda, controllers only had a few buttons, and our consoles were limited to 8-bit processors that wouldn’t even stack up to a modern calculator in terms of power. But that was alright, because game-play was king, and Nintendo set themselves firmly on top of the mountain. (more…)
Perhaps the world’s most famous barrel-wielding ape, Donkey Kong is one of gaming’s most iconic faces. Inventive, athletic and a family man to boot, Donkey Kong has been a prime part of video game culture for generations. The lovable gorilla has appeared in over forty different games and any Nintendo compilation piece featuring all the favourite faces would seem oddly lacking without him there. He featured as the main antagonist in the absurd 2015 movie Pixels and has had two separate TV shows based on his adventures. (more…)